The School of Performing Arts brings together students and faculty who share their passion for the arts and provides opportunities for creativity, scholarship, and real world experience.
Our dedicated faculty members are seasoned professionals who are deeply connected to the arts community. They are focused on helping students reach their dreams and aspirations and offer extensive professional expertise and networks. The department is extremely influential in the Fargo-Moorhead arts community, through active faculty involvement in professional music and theatre groups. Every year the department sponsors exceptional student performances, nationally recognized visiting artists and several community outreach events.
Our graduates enjoy rich and varied careers in theatre, music, education and arts industries. The department is a vibrant community of passionate artists who provide immersive and collaborative hands-on learning combined with one-on-one mentorship in the classroom, the studio, on stage, and on- and off-campus performance opportunities.
Students benefit from a variety of vocal and instrumental ensemble opportunities such as Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Combos, and private lessons for voice, instruments and composition. Students will grow professionally and personally through involvement in the University Theatre Series and The Straw Hat Players.
The School of Performing Arts honors tradition while embracing innovation to deliver rigorous and progressive programs that help our students realize their potential as passionate leaders in their creative work and to develop their talents into a career—and life—in the world of the arts.
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Dr. Allen Carter, Professor of Music, has just released his second CD of progressive big band jazz. “Time On My Hands” was recorded in late July in Los Angeles with some of the west coast’s finest jazz and studio musicians. Two MSUM students, Kathryn Malaktaris and Matthew Tinjum were able to accompany Dr. Carter and […]
Thursday, Nov. 3 | 7:30 p.m. | Weld Hall If you’ve never heard a woodwind quintet, you should start by hearing one of the best in the country. GRAMMY-nominated Imani Winds performs Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Weld Hall on the MSUM campus. The event is the second in this year’s Chery Nelson […]
Members of MSUM’s World Music and Percussion ensemble “Fuego Tropical” are presenting their annual Learning Bank Children’s Shows this week in Hansen Theatre for approximately 3,000 school children from across the Red River Valley. This exciting 40 minute education presentation highlights music and dance from cultures around the world, including Trinidad, Ghana, Brazil, and the […]
For several years, MSUM graduates have appeared in various capacities in The Minnesota Fringe Festival, the largest non-juried festival in the United States, and the third-largest in North America. The festival provides opportunities for aspiring actors, directors and producers to gain exposure and experience. The 2016 festival featured 168 shows, 869 performances and drew more […]
MSUM has four students and three faculty members involved in Mozart’s “Magic Flute” produced by the Fargo/Moorhead Opera company happening this month. The four students, James Howes, Erik Hagfors, John Nickell and Kaele Rogers, will all be singing with the chorus. Faculty member professor Julie Adams is the choir master, professor Ricky Greenwell is the […]